China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, amid diplomatic tension between the two countries over the planned deployment of a U.S. missile defence system in the South Korea.

Possible reason for response of China
China is widely believed to be retaliating against Seoul’s plan to host the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system of the U.S. military, against the threat of the missile attack from North Korea.

But there was no indication of a direct link between the expulsions and tension over THAAD.